Residents in Merced and Mariposa counties will have access to a database of human service resources by simply dialing 211. The program is scheduled to launch in October. Assistance through 211 will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in 150 languages.
You know what I noticed the other week? While we were away on spring break, I realized that I say the exact same things on vacation that I do at home. I thought vacation was about ditching routine and structure - you know, mixing it up. But the day is exactly the same - with a few minor changes ...
Adopting a child is supposed to be a joyous event, but for some mothers it is far from a Hallmark moment. The adoptive moms feel powerless, worthless and hopeless, they can't sleep or eat, or they sleep or eat too much and they withdraw from the world. They are suffering from Post-Adoption Depression Syndrome (PADS), which results when the idealized expectations of motherhood fall short of the reality. It differs from postpartum depression caused partially by the changes in a woman's body after childbirth.
I don't know about you, but I find going to the doctor more annoying each year. I don't know if this is because I'm getting crabbier in general or that it's actually becoming more irritating. And now my 16-year-old daughter, Curly Girl, is experiencing it, too.
As the winter ends and spring arrives, we open our windows and doors to allow the fresh air to enliven our homes. This is also the time when many of us decide to organize and clean our homes. Take the opportunity spring cleaning allows spending time getting to know your child's interests, both new and old, as well as how they function on a sensory level. Often it is through doing tasks together that we get to know each other better and organizing and cleaning with your child will help you to see their dominate sense at work.
BALTIMORE - Fifth-grader Aiden Coldsmith has memorized the streets around his family's home in the Waverly neighborhood. He knows every mud puddle, the homes of dogs both friendly and fierce, a park where a group of middle school girls hang out. The 11-year-old walks alone the few blocks to an art program or hardware store with "really good candy."
I was asked by a magazine interviewer recently why I thought some vintage names come back and others don't. Why Cora and Flora and not Dora? Why Edward and not Edwin? All of which got me thinking about the influences that do propel names out of the attic and into the spotlight.
Turning to celebs to look forrole models is a tricky business, especially when it comes to admiring their appearance. For many actresses, athletes, and artists, keeping their bodies slim or muscular is part of their job. Plus they have personal trainers, private chefs, stylists, and makeup artists to keep them looking camera-readywhenever they're in the public eye.
Parents need to know that nature documentary"Monkey Kingdom"is family-friendly overall but does have a few scenes that could frighten preschool-aged viewers. While Maya, the monkey who's presented as the main character of the story, and her baby remain safe, other members of her clan of macaques do die - one to an alligator and one to a warring monkey clan. There are also tense moments when it seems like Maya's baby will be hurt, and Maya herself is beaten by more prominent monkeys. On the lighter side, there are strong positive messages about motherhood and sacrifice, and - thanks in part toTina Fey's narration-humor and laughs for the whole family. And on an educational note, everyone will learn a good deal about Sri Lankan macaques.
I remember the fear I had as a 10-year-old so vividly. How am I going to manage a family while simultaneously running the world? I grew up in a world where a glass ceiling was something you could tap dance on after you found the ladder sitting right next to it. I knew I could be whatever I wanted to be, but was petrified that the pressures of motherhood and worker bee would force me to lean back one way or the other.
When did being a parent become such a drag? In the "Mad Men" days, kids made Manhattans for their parents. Now I'm pouring orange juice into a champagne glass for my daughter so she can join in our mimosa brunch. Obviously, the tables have turned, but when and why?
Parents need to know that"MLB 15: The Show" is the latest installment in the award-winning baseball franchise. There's no inappropriate content - such as violence, sex or profanity - but moms and dads should be aware of lots of consumerism pushed towards players through lots of product placement and advertisements. There's also unmonitored multiplayer, which could raise serious privacy and safety concerns.
This after-dinner activity is great for building brain power. Cut out a dozen or so newspaper or magazine pictures of fun objects (flowers, a cookie, and so on), then have an adult moderator secretly sort them into groups of three to five, based on something the images have in common (all are related to water, or all are green, etc.). The moderator then shows the other players each picture in a group, holding them up one at a time for about 3 seconds. Players must remember what flashed by as they try to guess what the objects have in common. The first to make the connection takes the round.
Moms who like to dry and store their own herbs (yes, I know - who really has the time?), may be intrigued by the dry herb jars now available through Ball. Whether it's dried thyme, dill, mint or another herb in need of a small home, these herbs can now be conveniently placed in and shaken from these glass jars.
April 23rd is National Picnic Day! Reduce stress by eating a meal outside with family and friends in the beauty of nature. Plan a hike and work up an appetite for salads, sandwiches and other perfectly portable morsels.
Parents need to know thatTerrariais an open-world sandbox game, much likeMinecraftand its imitators. It differs, though, in that it adds more adventure to the formula, pitting players against numerous enemies and offering many more options than the Microsoft-owned game. There are plenty of secrets to discover and the combat is a welcome addition to some, though that might make the game inappropriate for very young children. Players can compete in multiplayer games locally, but not online - meaning they won't interact with unseen strangers. There is a loophole in the form of a secondary app,Multiplayer Terraria Edition, which allows online, multiplayer games.
Major League Baseball has thrown out its first pitch for Opening Day and that means only one thing for the world of gaming. That means it's "Show" time for PlayStation owners, with Sony San Diego delivering the quintessential baseball experience known as "MLB 15: The Show." And like any perennial contender, this year's edition of "The Show" has brought its A-game and, once again, proves worthy of the highlight reel.
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